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"Cook Without Looking" Try a Slow Cooker!

Wouldn't it be nice to be greeted by the aroma of a steaming pot of homemade soup, stew, chili, or chicken fajitas (this month's recipe) at the end of a busy day? You just need to do a little work in advance and use a slow cooker.
"Cook Without Looking" Try a Slow Cooker!

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Slow cookers have made meal preparation easier since the early 1970's. Slow cookers have the advantage of promoting the use of less expensive, less tender cuts of meat such as a chuck roast. The long, slow cooking process tenderizes the meat.

Try This Quiz.

How much do you know about slow cookers and their use?

  1. True or False: Using a slow cooker uses less electricity than an oven.
  2. True or False: The low cooking temperature allows less expensive meat to tenderize.
  3. True or False: You should fill the slow cooker no less than half full and no more than two-thirds full because cooking too little or too much food in the slow cooker can affect cooking time.
  4. True or False: Always thaw meat and poultry in the refrigerator before cooking in the slow cooker to help ensure complete cooking.
  5. True or False: Keep the lid in place at all times because removing the lid slows cooking time.
  6. True or False: If you are not home during the entire slow-cooking process and the power goes out for an undetermined length of time, throw away the food even if it looks done.
  7. True or False: You should not reheat food in a slow cooker.
  8. True or False: Remove the leftovers from the slow cooker and place in shallow pans and refrigerate.

Answers: 1. True; 2. True; 3. True; 4. True; 5. True; 6. True; 7. True; 8. True.

Try a slow cooker if you have never tried one, or bring your slow cooker out of storage. You and your family will enjoy the food! Visit for more tips and recipes. Sign up to have this newsletter delivered to your email by clicking on "Subscribe to FoodWi$e"

By Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise November 2014 Newsletter (PDF)

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